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Ontario Wine Tasting Best Bets?

jonasblank | Jun 3, 2009 08:26 AM

I feel like this has been discussed before, but sadly, CH's search engine is not the best...

Anyway, my wife and I are visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake for 4 days in July and would like to do some wine tasting. I have passing familiarity with upstate NY/Finger Lakes wines so I have some idea of what to expect, I think, but I know nothing about Ontario wines themselves. I see Inniskillin is in that area, and that will be a definite visit.

Otherwise, I have these questions:

1. What places would you recommend? We would prefer to focus on places that are primarily making high-quality wines with red and white "international" varietals as well as icewine. For instance, a selection like they have here:, rather than, say, "wines" made from fruit or that taste sweet (unless they are late-harvest or icewines).

2. Is it worth leaving Niagara-on-the-Lake area and travelling to other parts of the Ontario wine region? I printed out the guide from the website and the map, but I just don't have a sense of the scale of the area -- or of where the "best" Ontario wines are located.

3. Does any place require a reservation or anything like that? Are there places that are not heavily promoted that are worth visiting?

4. Am I correct that the limit to bring back into the U.S. without paying duties is 6 bottles?

5. Any restaurant recommendations in Niagara-on-the-Lake would also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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